What will I learn?

The Accelerated Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science (RN to BS) in nursing option in the School of Nursing is designed for students who have previously graduated from associate degree nursing programs and diploma nursing programs. This program is offered in a flexible, entirely online format to accommodate the needs of working registered nurses (RNs). The program format consists of eight-week courses, and can be completed in one (1) year (three (3) semesters) if most of the general education requirements are met at the time of admission. Students may also choose to pursue a slower program progression.

Bridge Process

Once a student entering the RN to BS program provides evidence of a current unencumbered RN license, the School of Nursing will complete an overall assessment of the student's work experience, and previously completed community college and university nursing coursework. The School of Nursing may then grant up to 40 or 43 proficiency credits to provide the student with advanced standing in the nursing program. These credits differ from the transfer of courses. If the student’s college/university credits are greater than five years old, the candidate will need to submit a portfolio to demonstrate proficiency in the areas in which credit is sought along with evidence of a current unencumbered RN license.

Which department am I in?

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Study options

Online/Distance (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,246.00 per year
Tuition fee based on 12 credits/semester

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

16 December 2020

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a diploma/degree from a high school or university/college in the U.S or equivalent.

For international students

Receiving a diploma/degree from a high school or university/college in the U.S. or any of the AACRAO recommended countries

International English Language Testing Systems - (IELTS) - Score - 6.5

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Score - Internet Based - 79, Paper Based - 550

Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency - Score - 64

Pearson Test in English (PTE) - Score – 53

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About this uni

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is a nationally recognized, public institution offering students high-quality education programs

  • Huge investment in campus facilities
  • Stunning campus setting overlooking Mississippi River
  • One of America’s safest campuses
  • Diverse and welcoming student body